Crosslingual Information and Knowledge Management

One of the fastest-growing application areas for human language technology is information and knowledge management. Information management is concerned with large volumes of information that modern companies need to gather, produce, exploit and maintain for securing and improving their operations. By far the largest share of the information considered relevant for corporate information management is represented in documents containing texts. The practitioners of corporate information management agree that the efficiency and effectiveness of their work will depend on improved methods for dealing with the contents of corporate information bases. The goal is true content management which can only be automated if IT provides tools exploiting sophisticated knowledge about the structure of human languages.

In advanced business administration, information management is viewed as a central component of knowledge management. As it has become a commonplace insight that the most relevant capital of any business featuring a certain level of complexity is the accumulated corporate knowledge. The systematic and wise management of these assets is the most relevant factor for the success of the company in global competition. In addition to explicit knowledge, KM is also concerned with the wealth of implicit knowledge that govern the complex processes of an organisation. Whenever possible, implicit knowledge encompassing experience as well as collective processes is transformed into explicit knowledge and stored in the corporate knowledge base. Only some parts of the stored knowledge can be represented as structured information in traditional data bases.






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